The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement receives $5,000 donation from Dunkin’ franchisee group and brand’s foundation

Dunkin Supports PCE

Participating in the ceremonial check presentation, from left, are Mary Marrara, co-chair, The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement Board; Gerri McAndrew, director of development and relations for community outreach, The Wright Centers for Community ʼһ and ʼһ Medical Education; and Lufrankton Network representatives Kristen Kleintop and Antonio Sequeira, Dunkin’ franchisee.

To help area children and families in need, The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement (PCE) was recently presented with a $2,500 donation from a regional Dunkin’ franchisee group and a matching gift from the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation.

The $5,000 contribution will be reinvested in the community through PCE’s activities, such as school backpack giveaways, winter clothing, and blanket giveaways, free food distributions, and other special mission-driven projects.

The Lufrankton Network, a franchisee group that operates stores in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, chose PCE to receive charitable funding made available during its recent “Renovation Celebration” to highlight the makeover of its Dunkin’ location in Eynon.

The foundation generously doubled the gift because its mission – “to provide the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness” – is reflected in many of PCE’s initiatives to assist children in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and nearby counties.

“We are grateful for this amazing support from Dunkin’,” said PCE Director Holly Przasnyski. “For its ongoing operation, the nonprofit PCE relies on external funding such as donations and fundraising. So, if it wasn’t for the kindness of civic-minded businesses like Dunkin’, we would not be able to conduct our events that help feed, clothe, and otherwise support the under-resourced children and their families in the communities we serve.”

PCE is a subsidiary of The Wright Center for Community ʼһ. Employees of the health center volunteer to conduct its activities, which are intended to improve people’s access to health care and empower them to be co-managers of their health and wellness plans.

In particular, PCE strives to help Wright Center patients and others in the community overcome food insecurity and other non-ʼһ issues that can affect their ability to focus on achieving and maintaining their maximum wellness. Those issues commonly include transportation barriers, lack of access to educational opportunities, homelessness, and poverty.

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